Annual Tri-Chapter Workshop: Moves You Can Use: Dalcroze Eurhythmics for Classroom Music

Annual Tri-Chapter Workshop:  This is the time of year when KONY comes together with the NYC Orff and Dalcroze chapters for a combined meeting.  Don’t miss it!


Lisa Parker

Annual Joint Chapters Dalcroze/Kodaly/Orff Workshop

Moves You Can Use: Dalcroze Eurhythmics for Classroom Music

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Registration: 9:30 am

Workshop: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Place: Trevor Day School, 4 E. 90th Street, NYC (between Madison and 5th)

Lisa Parker and Anne Farber

•   Improvisation in the Private Lesson  (Anne Farber) (4:00-5:30)

•   4 hand Improvisation Recital (Anne Farber and Lisa Parker) (6:00-7:00)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Registration: 3:30pm

Workshop: 4:00 – 7:00 pm
(wine/cheese reception at 5:30pm)

Place: The Lucy Moses School of Music and Dance

129 West 67th Street, NYC (between Broadway and Amsterdam)

Workshop Fees:

Saturday, January 25th Workshop; 10am-2pm

  • Attendees without Dalcroze, Kodaly or Orff Chapter membership: $30
  • TriState DSA Members: $15; student DSA members: $10

Sunday, January 26th Workshop; 4-7pm (at Kaufman Music Center)

  • DSA members who attended Saturdayworkshop: free
  • DSA who did not attend Saturday workshop: $15; full time students w/ ID: $10
  • KONY and Orff members who attendedSaturday workshop: $15
  • All others: $35; full time students: $20

Workshop Descriptions:

1. Moves You Can Use: Dalcroze Eurhythmics for Classroom Music (Saturday, January 25that Trevor Day School)

With Lisa Parker

Explore the experiential and its role in learning to hear and feel music while giving expression to the inventive and personal in us all. Join master teacher Lisa Parker to find out how movement and improvisation, the central elements of Dalcroze education, can be applied in practical ways for your classroom situation.

After warming up ears and bodies with typicalDalcroze activities, the workshop will focus on expanding the language of movement and on ways to structure improvisational movement activities in the classroom. There will be plenty of time for questions and comments.  Please wear comfortable clothes!

2. Improvisation in the Private Lesson(Sunday, January, 26th at Kaufman Music Center) with Anne Farber

 Four Hand Improviation Demonstration withAnne Farber and Lisa Parker

New York City Dalcroze teacher Anne Farber demonstrates some of the many ways improvisation can be used in the private lesson. Following a wine and cheese reception, Anne and Lisa revive their famed 4-hand improvisation duo for a rare concert treat.

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Fall Workshop: Leigh Ann Garner

Leigh Ann Garner

The 3 P’s of Teaching Elementary Music: Purposeful, Practical, and Playful

When:  Saturday, November 9, 2013

(9:30am – 2:00pm)

Where:  P.S. 126 MAT (80 Catherine St, NY NY)  Just off the bike/walking path by the East River.

Kodály-inspired music educators have the unique and challenging opportunity to engage their children in music instruction that is rooted in a sequential and spiral curricular structure. In this interactive workshop, participants will explore quality repertoire and practical ideas that are appropriate for teaching upper elementary grades. Specifically, strategies for fostering skills in singing, part work, inner hearing, memory, improvising, andcreating will be offered, along with ideas of how these skills function in the preparation, make conscious, practice, and assessment phases of the instructional sequence.


OAKE Members: $20
Non-Members: $30
Retirees: $15
Students: $5


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Jazz and Blues and Kodaly with Craig McGorry

Weaving Jazz and Blues into your Kodaly Curriculum

Who:  Craig McGorry  Craig McGorry Headshot

When:  Saturday, September 21st

Time: 10:00am – Noon

Where:  Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, 36 West 93rd Street, New York City (Music Room, one level down)

Cost:  FREE


America is the birthplace of the blues and jazz, musical styles with their own unique characteristics.  They were formed from a unique blend of African and European influences and came about as a direct result of oppression and expression in America.  Before these styles were ever music for performance, they were music of the people, from blues songs that developed out of the experience of slaves to New Orleans jazz that had its place in social functions, such as funerals, weddings, and dances.  We can view them, therefore, as a unique, representative form of American folk music. For that reason, it is music that we should consider including in our work with our students.  There are ways to do this through the framework of the Kodaly approach.

This workshop will explore ways to introduce your elementary and middle school students to the blues and jazz.  As with the traditional Kodaly approach, there is a sequence we can use to develop our students’ music literacy in these styles of music.  Many of the same techniques we use in our traditional Kodaly teaching can apply here: movement, solfege, singing, active listening, instrument playing, circle games, improvisation, and more.  We will play games, sing, play Orff instruments and recorder and explore ways that you can turn your elementary music classes into junior jazz and blues ensembles!

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Choral Techniques and Reading with Elizabeth Nunez

Who:  Elizabeth Núñezelizabethnunez4617_thm

When:  Sunday April 28, 2013

Where:  Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, 5 W 93rd St  New York, NY 10025

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm (with a break for lunch)

Cost:  Members: $20, non-members: $30, retirees: $10, and students: $5.

We will be selling books!


Elizabeth Núñez created and directs the Cantare division of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and serves as vocal coach for all six YPC divisions in regular rehearsals and for performances and international tours.  In addition, as the director of the YPC Satellite School Program, she works with New York City public schools to bring the YPC choral experience to an additional 800 children annually.  Since joining YPC in 2004, Mrs. Núñez has led Cantare at international choral festivals in Kathaumixw, British Columbia; Llangollen, Wales; and most recently, at the week-long Adolf Fredrik Choral Festival in Stockholm, Sweden, where Cantare was the first American choir ever invited to participate in this international choral festival.  She has also conducted at venues large and small throughout New York City from (le) Poisson Rouge and the Metropolitan Museum to Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center, as well as on national television.  She made her Metropolitan Opera singing debut in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2007 and returned to the role in 2010 and made her Carnegie Hall singing debut in January 2013. She is also the founding artistic director of the SoHarmoniums, a women’s community chorus; and gives workshops around the country as a choral clinician and conductor. Mrs. Núñez received a Bachelor of Music Education at Lee University where she was awarded Music Education Graduate of the Year, and her Master of Music Education from the University of Oklahoma, where she also completed her Kodály education certification with Joy Nelson and Sandy Knudson.  She studied conducting with Dennis Shrock and Janet Galván.

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Tri-Chapter Workshop: African-American Music Traditions with Betty Hillmon

Betty Hillmon

Betty Hillmon

African American Music Traditions with Betty Hillmon
This workshop will focus on African American folk music traditions and classical music written by Afro-European and African American composers.
The folk music legacy left to us by Miss Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers continues to be rich with songs and ring games that are exciting, fun, and educational. When taught in the correct style and with historical context, these materials hold the interest of students.
A less known, but as rich a legacy of music available for use in the classroom, is classical music composed by Afro-European and African American composers. Chevalier de Saint George and William Grant Still are just two composers whose works will be studied.

Registration: 9:30 a.m.
Workshop: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Place: Trevor Day School

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WORKSHOP: Chorus and Band, Oh My! Who said you couldn’t use Kodaly?

WHEN:  Saturday, December 8th

WHERE: Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, 36 West 93rd Street, New York City


Pam Simpson, a teacher at Bonxville Middle and High School, will be teaching us a variety of techniques for the secondary choral methodology!Pam Simpson and Brian Meyers will be having two sessions for the masses!

Brian Meyers, a professor at Adelphi University, will be teaching a variety of techniques for the secondary band methodology! (please bring your recorder).

9:30 registration
OAKE Members $20, Non-Members $30, Full-Time Students with ID $5, Retirees $10

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Using the SMART Board to Teach Music Literacy

Using the SMART Board to Teach Music Literacy

Free KONY Workshop, Sunday, September 23, 2012.  10 AM until 12 PM.  Begins at 9:30 AM.

Admission and Continental Breakfast free.


Presenters:  Susan Mislove and Cynthia Gorney

Held at:

Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School

36 West 93rd Street, New York City

(In the music room, one level down).

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